In a recent cybercrime case, a 25 year old man from Woolloongabba, a suburb in Brisbane, Queensland, has been sentenced to over two years in prison for his involvement in purchasing stolen information from the now banned online criminal marketplace, Genesis Market.

During the execution of a search warrant at the man’s residence, he voluntarily admitted to being a user of Genesis Market. The search, which yielded two mobile phones and storage units, uncovered evidence indicating that the individual had purchased nearly 1000 bots containing stolen login information from unsuspecting victims.

The Woolloongabba man pleaded guilty to four counts of unauthorized access to restricted data and two counts of possessing data with the intent to commit a computer offense. Subsequently, he received a head sentence of two years and six months. He was released on a $2000 recognisance order, subject to five years of good behaviour conditions and a two year probation period.

Australian Federal Police (AFP) Cybercrime Operations Commander Chris Goldsmid issued a stern warning to those involved in buying or selling stolen information online, cautioning “you can expect to hear a knock on the door from police.”

The case is part of a broader crackdown on cybercrime. This collaborative effort involved international cooperation between the FBI, AFP, NSW Police, Victoria Police, Queensland Police Service, and the Western Australian Police Force.

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